Using 25w Red Light Bulb?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by c0dywhite, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. c0dywhite

    c0dywhite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2012
    Organ Cave, WV
    I have two heat lamps & are using them for my ducks & then baby chickens. I was wondering if I could use a red 25w light bulb for my silkies hatching today & the bantams Im getting from TSC.
  2. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2012
    That really depends on if the red bulb will put out enough heat to keep them warm where they are. Cold outside temps it wouldn't be enough. Inside in a small area maybe. The first week they need a warm spot about 90-95 degrees F. You don't want or need to try to heat the whole brooder.
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    You'll only know by checking the temperature under it at floor level. If it doesn't keep near 95F there then it's not enough watts. If that's the case you could change out one of the heat lamps your ducks are using and put the 25W there. I sounds like your ducks are older so wouldn't need as much heat as they did the first week. You can lower temp 5-7 degrees a week.

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